What no one tells you about your post birth body recovery
For any new expectant Mumma there is no doubt that you are researching every symptom you're experiencing during your pregnancy and preparing for a safe delivery of your newborn baby. But you've had your baby now, and so welcome to postpartum! I bet you are wondering what the heck happens during this stage right? Well, you're not alone. Many new mumma's face this harsh reality of trying to recover for symptoms/moments they were not prepared for. So here is what no one tells you about your post birth body and some tips on how to help assist your recovery along.
You will still look pregnant
That is right ladies, your baby is out earth side and you still look pregnant. This isn't the movies where the Mumma has a flat, perfect belly as she walks out of hospital doors (as much as we wish it was). Your uterus takes its time to revert back to normal position, after all it did spend 9 months getting to where it is now. And let's not forget loose skin and stretch marks (yeah I know), so glam right? Do not get hung up on this, you have just birthed a beautiful baby and so we encourage you to embrace the bulge, it was your babies home for 9 months.
You will feel a little loose down there
Yep your pelvic floor has just about had it and perhaps even has bitten the dust. Ladies, care for her. She held you AND your growing baby together for the last 9 months and now she is tired...so rest. Don't get out of bed and walk around town, just rest for now and let people come to you!
Studies show that 50% of women usually have some sort of pelvic floor/ bladder prolapse post birth, and it can be really debilitating and difficult to live with.
So how can we help ourselves? Go and see a pelvic floor physiotherapist at 6 weeks postpartum in addition to seeing your GP. Your GP will (should!!) ask you the normal screening questions to assess incontinence etc etc but usually won't do a complete pelvic floor assessment...they simple don't have the time.
Going to the loo will feel scary
Going to the loo will probably hurt for a while if you have delivered a vaginal birth. It will feel like the scariest thing ever when you have a perineal tear or an episiotomy scar and there is nothing worse than being constipated with a fresh wound in your area. You may or may not have a catheter available but just be prepared for some messy moments here.
A little advice - Take some movicol when you are in hospital and bring some of that liquid amazingness home and keep taking it until you feel like you don't need it anymore. It will keep you soft and make it easy to go to the loo. Don't strain on the toilet and don't worry if it takes about 6 days to go, this can be totally normal.
You are going to be highly emotional You'll cry at everything - yep, particularly around day 5. Your hormones are shifting and changing every second to cope with producing milk. You are also probably sleep deprived because this new little baby you just gave birth to is waking all hours to feed on your sore and cracked nipples.
Give yourself a break and know that it's ok to feel overwhelmed and totally over your head. You were born for this so take a deep breath and just take it one day at a time.
Please look after your mental health Mumma. If you had a difficult or traumatic birth, it may help to debrief with your care provider or with a trusted therapist when you are ready.
Your nipples and boobs are going to hurt like hell
Your nipples will feel like razor blades have cut off the top layer of skin (sounds great hey?!). Breastfeeding looks like it's the easiest thing in the world, but in actual fact it's super hard, especially for new mumma's who are waiting for their milk production to come in (happens around day 5), and coping with ridiculously hard, swollen boobs.
Recommendation: Get some @silveretteaustralia nursing cups to cover and protect those nips in-between feeds.
These amazing little nipple hats contain silver ions which provide mothers the antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal benefits they need to help with healing.
I also recommend getting your hands on the remedial packs from @iceiceboody or @bodyicewoman to help with the swelling and let down of milk before and after your feeds.
You’re going to sweat girl!
Yes, this is a real thing ladies, and one that depends on the individual on how badly you get it, especially at night! The cause... hormones! so keep cool, wear comfortable clothes and make sure you’re sleeping in lightweight or moisture-wicking bed sheets. If you’re investing in a pregnancy pillow, have a silk pillowcase to provide you a temperature regulating rest!
You got this Mumma, you are amazing.
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